Jan 24, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) smiles at the end of the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Madison Square Garden. the Knicks won 125-96. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Carmelo Anthony prefers Bulls over Lakers…which means nothing


According to recent reports, the New York Knicks are going to have to “beg and hope” for Carmelo Anthony to stay in New York after this season.

And even then, it may not be enough.

According to Yahoo! Sports‘ Adrian Wojnarowski, a source close to Anthony said the reigning scoring champ is leaning closer to the Chicago Bulls than the Los Angeles Lakers as a possible destination. That is of course, assuming that Melo decides to decline a contract extension with the Knicks when he becomes a free agent after this season.

“Chicago is much more in play for him than L.A.,” the source said.

And while all these “reports” are swirling around, it’s not set in stone that Melo will in fact elect to leave New York. That’s what needs to be decided first. Technically, he hasn’t said he wants to leave. All he’s said is that he would like to “test free agency” and that he wants to retire in New York. Take that as you want.

Rumors are going to start swirling in the closer the offseason gets. Much like LeBron James in 2010, the only person that really knows what Carmelo Anthony is thinking is Carmelo Anthony. He probably doesn’t.

And even then, LeBron says he didn’t know his decision until he woke up that day. Maybe Melo doesn’t know what he wants to do himself.

Right now, this report means nothing. It’s January. We haven’t even gotten to the All-Star break yet. At this time in 2010, LeBron was “reportedly” headed toward New York. A lot can change between now and July.

Quite frankly, it probably will.

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  • MrLex85

    I love Melo as a player. His game is phenomenal. While the idea of a lineup consisting of Rose, Butler, Anthony, Gibson, and Noah seems enticing, I do not think he “fits” Thibs system. The Bulls would be a force to reckon with if this deal went down and we picked up some cheap yet decent bigs for backup, but the team chemistry is a bigger concern for me. Can Carmelo commit to the Bulls style of defense that they have become famous for in recent years?

  • Marty Susman

    Melo is at it again, just as he played it in Denver. OK, but lets remember so far this is his 2nd team, no ring. Let’s remember he is a ball hog, a rotten defender, not a player to get on the floor after a loose ball & has never been a team leader, is not a team leader & will never be a team leader. Having said that, I could care less where he goes as long as it’s not to the Lakers…. I think he should stay where he is like a man, he DEMANDED a trade, HE DEMANDED New York, let him STAY IN NEW YORK.